Wales best places to visit

May 28, 2016

It's the New Year now and what better way to shake off the post-Christmas blues, than by thinking about your next holiday?

If you can't decide where to visit, here is our pick of the places you really should see in 2016.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo skyline

Japan is increasingly becoming more and more popular for travellers wanting a unique experience.

Flight website Sky Scanner says the country's national tourist board is "actively targeting niche UK markets by focusing on sky, honeymoon and adventure" holidays. And the with the country hosting the 2020 Olympics and the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Japan is set to become more popular with British visitors.

The northern island of Hokkaido's first Shinkansen high speed train is also launching in 2016 which will open up more of the country to travellers.

Vernal Falls at Yosemite National Park, USA

Forget theme parks, the places to see in America this year are the great outdoors - the picturesque Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, Zion National Park in Utah and Shenandoah in Virginia.

Travel guide Lonely Planet speaks of "massive canyons" that split the horizon in two and geysers that "spurt hundreds of feet high".

These must-see places have spectacular, picturesque landscapes that are sure to take your breath away and in 2016, the National Park Service, the body that protects and maintains America's national parks, is turning 100 and has been busy ensuring the parks are at their best for the landmark celebration.

Havana Skyline

If you want a truly authentic experience, Cuba could be the destination for you. After years of strained diplomatic relations with the USA following the Cold War, Cuba was left in the past. But since restoring their relationship in July 2015, America has gradually loosened restrictions on trade, meaning that we could see flights and even US hotel chains opening there.

Havana takes you back in time with its crumbling buildings and 1950s-style cars, so if you want to see it while it is still like this, get there in 2016 before the modern world creeps in.

Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House

There are plenty of things to do in Australia and even more to see including the stunning Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef and the wilderness of neighbouring Tasmania.

Or, if ocean views are more your thing, take a walk down Bondi Beach for some stunning scenary.

Lonely Planet says that while the Australian dollar is weak, "anything you spend here this year will be value for money."

Sal, Cape Verde

Cape Verde

If you like unspoiled beaches, Sal in Cape Verde is one to look out for. And it's already becoming increasingly popular with celebrities frequently taking to the country for their beach holidays.

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